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What is Freiberg’s Disease?

Freiberg’s disease is a rare foot condition that mainly affects the 2nd or 3rd metatarsal (long bone of the foot). It commonly affects active teenage girls between the ages of 13-18 years of age.



  • Pain/ stiffness in the front of the foot- often leading to limping
  • Localised swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tenderness
  • Wearing high heels worsens the pain

The symptoms are triggered by activities that are weight bearing such as walking and running. The exact underlying aetiology of the condition is currently unknown.


Imaging Investigation:

The diagnosis of Freiberg’s disease is often relied on the clinical presentation of the foot as well as signs and symptoms.

X-rays, MRIs and/or bone scans can be useful in confirming or ruling out other differential diagnoses that may present similar features.



Treatment of this condition depends on the age of the patient, the severity as well as present signs and symptoms.

Your podiatrist might discuss some of these treatment options with you:

  • Supportive footwear
  • Padding placed in shoe beneath the involved bone
  • Reduce weight bearing activity
  • Cast
  • Orthotic therapy
  • In severe cases- surgical intervention


If you’re worried or have any pressing questions, do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists!